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UNSC team meets IDPs

Author : | Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Members of the UN Security Council who visited the country yesterday said the living conditions of the IDPs in the camps is terrible.

The Council’s delegation visited the Protection of Civilians site in Malakal.

They said the situation is dire for the IDPs. The team also met with civil society representatives in the country.

The UK ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant this morning said that most of the people they spoke to called for quick end to the 8-month conflict.

“All of them said look: ‘what we want is peace, what we need is peace. We appeal to our leadership to make the necessary compromises to allow peace in our country. We need a Cessation of hostilities, we need to be able to get on with our lives and look after our families’. So that is very powerful message that we heard from every ordinary person that we met,” said Mr Lyall.

The U.S ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power said the team will meet IGAD leaders in Nairobi to speed up the mediation process.

Ambassador Power also said they will speak to the leader of the SPLM-In Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar about the need to fully end the violence.

“We will engage Riek Machar as well, and we will deliver a very tough message to him as well; that the international committee will not tolerate violations of the Cessation of hostilities, and that people who spoil the peace agreement, people who commit gross violations of human rights must be held accountable.”

The UN Security Council delegation yesterday met with President Salva Kiir, the Council of Ministers, IDPs and the representatives of the civil society before leaving Juba for Nairobi this morning.

The delegation expressed their disappointment over the failure by the warring parties to set up an interim government of National Unity within the sixty-day deadline.

The deadline of the formation of the interim government was on Sunday.

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